Kenny Rogers
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Tammy Wynette
Dolly Parton
Jimmy Dean
Chet Atkins
Jim Reeves
Loretta Lynn

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Dottie West

Knowledge Identifier: +Dottie_West


Dottie West

American country music singer and songwriter add

Category: Music

Born in 1932.

Countries: United States (67%), Tennessee (29%), Texas (5%)

Main connections: Kenny Rogers, Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton

Linked to: Country Music Association, White House, Country Music Association Awards, CBS




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Dottie West was born in 1932 add something


With the help of her mother's business and a local entrepreneur, she attained a music scholarship to attend college at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee in 1951 add something


In 1959, she and Bill auditioned for producer Don Pierce at Starday, and were immediately offered a contract add something


Dottie West's career started in the early 1960s, with her Top 10 hit, "Here Comes My Baby Back Again," which won her the first Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1965 add something


Dottie continued to have success as a solo artist during the late 1960s with such songs as "What's Come Over My Baby," and "Country Girl" which garnered her an offer to write a commercial based on it for Coca-Cola in 1970 add something


In the 1960s, West was one of the few female country singers working in what was a male-dominated industry, influencing other female country singers like Lynn Anderson, Crystal Gayle, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton, and Tammy Wynette add something


Throughout the 1960s, West had country hits within the Top 10 and 20 add something


When West entered the Nashville, Tennessee music scene in the 1960s, she and many of her female colleagues portrayed a sweetheart image popular using gingham, calico and ruffles add something


When Cline got into a car accident in June 1961, West was one of the first people to arrive on the scene, picking out a piece of glass from Cline's hair add something


In 1963, Jim Reeves recorded a selection of West's authorship and composition, "Is This Me," which became a No. 3 hit that year add something


West earned her first Top 40 hit in 1963 with "Let Me Off at the Corner," followed a year later by the Top Ten duet with Jim Reeves "Love Is No Excuse" add something


Also in 1964, she auditioned for producer Chet Atkins, the architect of the Nashville, Tennessee sound, who agreed to produce her composition "Here Comes My Baby" add something


"Here Comes My Baby" reached No. 10 on "Billboard" Magazine's Country charts in 1964 add something


After releasing the "Here Comes My Baby" LP in 1965, Dottie and producer Chet Atkins reunited the following year for "Suffer Time," which generated her biggest hit yet in "Would You Hold It Against Me add something


Jeannie Seely - Upon the encouragement of Country singer Dottie West , she finally took Cochran's advice in 1965 and moved to Nashville, Tennessee , Tennessee


After the 1968 LP "Country Girl," West teamed with Don Gibson for a record of duets, "Dottie and Don," featuring the number two hit "Rings of Gold" released in 1969 add something


Due possibly in part to her recent stratospheric success with duets, her solo career suffered between 1969 and 1972 add something


In the early 1970s, West wrote a popular commercial for the Coca-Cola company, titled "Country Sunshine", which she nearly brought to the top of the charts in 1973 add something


The album was her last with Atkins, and she followed it in 1970 with two releases, "Forever Yours" and "Country Boy and Country Girl," a collection of pairings with Jimmy Dean add something


To reflect her music and the changes in her personal life in the 1970s and early 1980s, West drastically reinvented herself with plastic surgery and a new wardrobe becoming Lady Airbrush and Little Miss Fireball virtually overnight, especially during her duet partnership with Kenny Rogers starting in 1978 add something


Tammy Wynette - Along with close friends and legends Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Dottie West, Wynette defined the role of women in country music during the 1970s


Donna Fargo - Fargo ultimately became the sixth most successful female country artist of the 1970s, according to Billboard Magazine, behind Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Dottie West, Tammy_Wynette, and Lynn Anderson


Jimmy Dean - He continued charting into the early 1970s with his major hits including a duet with Dottie West, "Slowly" ; and a solo hit with "The One You Say Good Morning To"


Kenny Rogers - In the late 1970s, Rogers teamed up with close friend and Country Music legend Dottie West for a series of albums and duets


Around the time of "Have You Heard Dottie West", released in 1971, she left her husband Bill and, in 1972, married drummer Byron Metcalf, who was 12 years her junior add something


In 1973 West provided Coca-Cola with another ad, featuring a song called "Country Sunshine add something


Before signing with United Artists Records in 1976, her final album for RCA, "Carolina Cousins", was released in 1975 add something


In 1977, West released her first album under United Artists, "When It's Just You and Me add something


In 1977, she was recording the song "Every Time Two Fools Collide" when, according to legend, Kenny Rogers suddenly entered the studio and began singing along add something


In 1978 and 1979 they won the Country Music Association's "Vocal Duo of the Year" award, one of West's few major awards add something


Released as a duet, the single hit number one, West's first; the duo's 1979 "All I Ever Need Is You" and 1981 "What Are We Doin' in Love" topped the charts as well, and a 1979 duets album titled "Classics" proved successful add something


Tammy Wynette - It was recorded two years later as a duet by Kenny Rogers and Dottie West, whose version reached No. 3 on the country singles charts in 1979


After getting married in the late 1980s, Shelly left the music business add something


As West related to Ellis Nassour in the 1980 book " Patsy Cline", the greatest advice Cline ever gave her was, "When you're onstage sing to the audience with all of your heart and mean it add something


During the 1980s, West continued to generate solo hits, most notably "A Lesson in Leavin' add something


In 1980, Dottie West filed for divorce against Byron Metcalf, citing his drinking and infidelity add something


The album that included this song, "Special Delivery", included two other Top 15 Country hits from 1980, "You Pick Me Up " and "Leavin's for Unbelievers" add something


West paid homage to friend Patsy Cline on the cover of her 1980 "Wild West" album, wearing her own updated sexy version of Cline's classic cowgirl style add something


Her 1981 album "Wild West" was one of her biggest sellers add something


In 1981, West had a pair of back-to-back No. 1 hits, "Are You Happy Baby" and "What Are We Doin' in Love" with Kenny Rogers add something


In 1981, West's daughter Shelly made a career in country music; she is best known for her hit duet with David Frizzell, "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma," which hit No. 1 that year add something


In 1982, she was asked to play the lead role in the stage production of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" add something


West's 1982 album "High Time" spawned her last Top 20 hit, "It's High Time," which reached No. 16 add something


As a solo artist, Shelly notched her own No. 1 in 1983 entitled "Jose Cuervo add something


However, she did introduce herself to younger audiences as she lent her voice to Melissa Raccoon in the film "The Raccoons and the Lost Star" in 1983, a precursor to the later series produced by Kevin Gillis, "The Raccoons add something


West's last Top 40 hit was 1983's "Tulsa Ballroom add something


" In 1983, she married her soundman, Al Winters, 22 years her junior add something


In 1984, West departed from her label and switched to the independent label Permian add something


In 1984, West released her final studio album, "Just Dottie" add something


In 1984, she appeared in the play "Bring it on Home" add something


Her last chart hit, "We Know Better Now", reached only number 53 in 1985 add something


In 1986, she made her screen debut in the science fiction film "The Aurora Encounter" add something


Although she remained a popular touring act, West's financial problems mounted, and in 1990, after divorcing Winters, she declared bankruptcy, culminating in the foreclosure of her Nashville, Tennessee mansion add something


Her bank foreclosed her mansion outside of Nashville, Tennessee , and sent West an eviction notice on August 1, 1990 add something


Family Feud dedicated a week of shows in the fall of 1991 with the stars of the Grand Ole Opry in her memory add something

Dottie West died in 1991 add something


She recorded her last song in July 1991 called "As For Me," a duet with Norwegian country singer Arne Benoni add something


On August 30, 1991, West was scheduled to perform at the "Grand Ole Opry" add something


On March 26, 1992, a judge sentenced him to 11 months and 29 days of probation, and ordered him to complete an alcohol treatment program add something


West's fan-club president, Sandy Orwig, told TNN in a 1995 interview that West told her that the "IRS would show at her door anytime of the day or night, taking her possessions add something


In 1999, country music singer Jo Dee Messina covered West's biggest solo hit, "A Lesson in Leavin'" for her album, "I'm Alright add something


In 2000, West was honored with the BMI Golden Voice awards with the "Female Golden Legacy award add something


West was ranked No. 23 in Country Music Television's "40 Greatest Women of Country Music" in 2002 add something


In November 2003, CMT television voted West on their special countdown of the "40 Greatest Fashion Statements in Country Music" at No. 32 for her tight spandex outfits from the 1980s add something


In April 2010, West's granddaughter, Tess Frizzell began auctioning off many of West's stage outfits online via eBay add something


From November 2012 through May 2013, the Hall of Fame featured West and many of her costumes in a spotlight exhibit, "Country Sunshine: Dottie West" for the celebration of what would've been her 80th birthday add something


Pam Tillis - On November 10, 2017, Tillis and Morgan released their second album, a collection of classic country covers named after "Come See Me and Come Lonely", a song originally recorded by Dottie West


Dottie will become a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2018 add something


In 2018, West was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame add something